Civilian Casualties

Civilian Casualties

Incident Code

RS3655

Incident date

May 4, 2019

Location

أرنبة, Arnaba, Idlib, Syria

Airwars assessment

A woman and two children of the same family were killed in alleged Russian or Syrian regime airstrikes on Arnaba, Idlib governorate, on May 4th, 2019, according to local sources.

According to the White Helmets, “two children were killed and a child was seriously injured as a result of a military airstrike near a school and a mosque in the centre of the village of Arnaba in Jabal Al Zawiya. Immediately, the Civil Defense went to the site of the raids.”

The Syrian Network for Human Right wrote that “the child Majed Abdullah Al Ahmad and his sister An’am, aged respectively 10 and 20, were killed as fixed-wing warplanes we believe were Russian fired missiles on Arnaba village in Jabal Al Zawiya area in Idlib governorate southern suburbs, on May 4.”

On May 5th, Hasan Al Ahmad wrote on Facebook that “the death of the child Ibrahim Ahmed Al Ahmad from the village of Aranba resulted into three martyrs [caused by] the Russian bombing that targeted the centre of the village yesterday.”

Local sources reported that the missiles, also described as rockets, caused damage to the Arnaba Primary School and the Omar Bin al Khattab Mosque when they struck near the buildings.

Whereas most sources blamed Russian airstrikes, TRT Arabic pointed to the regime while @HalabTodayTV blamed both Russia and the regime.

The local time of the incident is unknown.

The victims were named as:

Family members (3)

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 woman)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (24) [ collapse]

Media
from sources (13) [ collapse]

  • Omar Bin al Khattab Mosque in Arnaba village in Jabal al Zaweya area in Idlib governorate was partially destroyed by an alleged Russian bombardment on May 5th (via SN4HR).
  • Alleged Russian missiles struck near Arnaba Primary School in Arnaba village in Idlib governorate and partially destroyed the building on May 4th (via Syrian Network for Human Rights).
  • Destruction in the town of Arnaba south of Idlib, allegedly caused by a Russian airstrike on May 4th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Destruction in the town of Arnaba south of Idlib, allegedly caused by a Russian airstrike on May 4th (via Edlib Media Center).
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    Blood of one of the victims of an alleged Russian airstrike on the town of Arnaba south of Idlib on May 4th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Destruction in the town of Arnaba south of Idlib, allegedly caused by a Russian airstrike on May 4th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Blood of one of the victims of an alleged Russian airstrike on the town of town of Arnaba south of Idlib on May 4th (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Translation: "The arrival of the civil defense teams at the site of the air raid in the village of Arnaba, which left two martyrs" (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Translation: "The arrival of the civil defense teams at the site of the air raid in the village of Arnaba, which left two martyrs" (via Syrian Civil Defence).
  • Translation: "Documenting the destruction of the Mosque of Arenba in Jabal al-Zawiya after being targeted by the Russian occupation aircraft" (via Edlib Media Center).
  • Translation: "The martyrdom of a woman and a child and the injury of others as a result of the targeting of the Russian occupation aircraft town of Arnaba south of Idlib with rockets" (via Edli Media Center).

Russian Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Russian Armed Forces
  • Russian Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Syrian Regime Armed Forces Assessment:

  • Suspected belligerent
    Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Syrian Regime Armed Forces position on incident
    Not yet assessed

Summary

  • Strike status
    Contested strike
  • Strike type
    Airstrike and/or Artillery
  • Civilian harm reported
    Yes
  • Civilians reported killed
    3
  • (2 children1 woman)
  • Airwars civilian harm grading
    Contested
    Competing claims of responsibility e.g. multiple belligerents, or casualties also attributed to ground forces.
  • Suspected attackers
    Russian Armed Forces, Syrian Regime Armed Forces
  • Suspected target
    Unknown

Sources (24) [ collapse]